Lions Club asks residents to donate their unwanted glasses

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Lions Club member Don Riley shows some of the 681 eyeglasses donated by residents during a previous collection. Photo by Donna Ritchie.

The Canyon Lake Lions Club is collecting new and used eyeglasses as part of a statewide effort to help those with vision problems. In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used.

That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Glasses can help a senior maintain their independence, an adult succeed in their job and a child read.

The Lions Club is asking residents to “give the gift of sight” by donating their unwanted eyeglasses. The club is also collecting unwanted hearing aids and cell phones. A collection table will be set up in front of Pack, Wrap and Post in the Towne Center tomorrow, Mar. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents unable to drop off their unwanted eyeglasses on Saturday may deposit them in the collection boxes located at Pack, Wrap and Post and the country club. Photo by Donna Ritchie.

The collected eyeglasses will be delivered to the regional Lions eyeglass recycling centers where volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. The recycled glasses are then distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

If residents can not make it to the drop off location, the club asks that residents place their unwanted glasses in the donation boxes located at the county club and at Pack, Wrap and Post or package and mail to Lions Clubs International Headquarters Receiving Department, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523.

For more information about Lions Recycle for Sight, visit lionseyes.org or californialionsfriendsinsight.org.

The Canyon Lake Lions is an all-volunteer service organization dedicated to helping those in need, providing enhancement to the community and extending assistance to others throughout the country and the world as needed.

The club is one of more than 40,000 Lions Clubs with 1,300,000 members in 208 countries. They are best known for their work with people being sight and hearing impaired. For more information about the Canyon Lake Lions Club, call 951-244-9766.

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